Tech Abilities for Struggling Readers

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Nadine Gilkison  

Learn how to leverage Google Tools to support struggling readers. See how the Google Innovator Project Dyslexic Mindset had an impact on over 520,000 students globally during COVID and beyond.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Professional developers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Slides
Topic: Assistive & adaptive technologies
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
  • Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Learn how to develop an effective blended learning approach to intervention targeting those who need layers of support. Apps, extensions and add-ons are great, but integrating teachers and research based pedagogy creates the perfect package. This session is designed to show teachers how to use technology as an extension of small group instruction. Applicable to any type of device in the classroom (iPad/Chromebook). Participants will leave the session rooted in strategies to implement the following day in the classroom.


-Intro about Struggling Readers and Dyslexia (2 min)
-Engage audience in an interactive activity within Google Slides (5 min)
(10 min)
-Background info on Dyslexia/Myths & Facts
-Tech Abilities for all
-Chrome OS and Chromebook Accessibility options
-YouTube options
(10 min)
-Google Innovator Program and creation of Dyslexic Mindset
-Focus on digital options that correlate with Orton Gillingham
-Seek assistance from High School coder to work on app for dylexics called the Blending Board
-Cross collaboration with Google Trainer in California which leads to the Android version of the app
-Currently over 517,000 downloads of the Blending Board app globally


Supporting research
Rooney Foundation
Orton Gillingham

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Nadine Gilkison, Franklin Township Schools

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